AJAX Parkridge

The AJAX Parkridge golf cart is a rare find indeed. If you don’t value your time and spend weekends driving from garage sale to garage sale, you may just be rewarded with a low-cost (or no-cost) option that is a combination golf bag and golf cart all in one. Oh yes…with a dedicated slot for each club, a pouch for your gutta-perchas, a slot for your scorecard, and solid tires, the AJAX Parkridge is well ahead of its time.

It’s a durable cart that, for some, can provide a very appealing value. Indeed, this may be the last cart you ever need to purchase. For us, however, the lack of reasonable amounts of storage space, poor on-course handling, and dated styling combine to drop the Parkridge to the bottom of our rankings. Maybe the AJAX Parkridge is for you, but it’s just not for us (if it is for you, please contact us to arrange a transaction – we’re willing to deal!).

SCORE
68
GRADE
F
Size/Weight
87
Ease of Set-Up
93
On Course Impressions
54
Storage/Accessories
63
Style
32
Value
75

Retail price: negotiated at garage sale

Pros:

Cons:


87 / B+

SIZE/WEIGHT

At a svelte 15 pounds, the Parkridge competes with even the lightest bag and cart combinations on the market. It’s trademarked handle design and lightweight wheel rims keep the weight down and the pleasure up. Additional weight from nesting spiders add little to the overall (see images under ‘On Course Impressions’, below), and do not create rolling resistance or cause any out-of-balance issues when pulling. Handling issues are native to the cart itself.

The AJAX Parkridge doesn’t fold into as small a package as some of the competition (unfolded measures 19″d x 19.5″w x 46.5″h, and collapses to a height of 31.5″), but given that it is a bag as well, the Parkridge can easily be slipped, clubs and all, into the trunk of your Thunderbird. Due to rough external bolts on the cart, we do not recommend transporting the Parkridge on your supple leather seats.


93 / A-

EASE OF SET-UP

The AJAX Parkridge is the most simple of all carts to set up, taking a mere three steps. Players need only pull the foldable handle in place and swivel two rusted clamps into position to lock down the handle. If desired, its just one more quick pull to get the seat to slide away from the cart so you can take a load off during play. Folding the cart for transportation is as easy as unfolding (for some reason there isn’t a clamp to lock down the handle when folded, but hey, that saves a step!). Exceptional!


54 / F

ON COURSE IMPRESSIONS

We found the AJAX Parkridge to be lacking on the course – the handling isn’t as tight as competitive carts, and there is no ability to make adjustments to suit a particular player.

AJAX Parkridge Golf Cart

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This cart came with clubs included for us (an even rarer find), and we quickly found that the balance of the cart requires that irons be put heads-down into each of the slots. If you choose to go clubheads up, as in standard bags, you are guaranteed to spend a lot of time picking your clubs up off the course when the Parkridge tips over.

Lastly, the stitching tolerances are not as tight as they should be, and the result is some of the irons are too large to fit into the clubhead slots. Trial and error will allow you to remember what best fits where. Oh, and given that the irons go in heads-down, you will want to put big stickers on the butt of your irons with the club number on each (see image at right).


63 / F

STORAGE/ACCESSORIES

The storage and accessories available on the AJAX Parkridge include:

AJAX Parkridge Golf Cart

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We are disappointed that the Parkridge lacks some of the features that are common in the competition, including brakes (though with only two wheels, they aren’t needed), water bottle holder, umbrella stand, and easily accessible handle-mounted storage space.


32 / F

STYLE

AJAX Parkridge

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While your grandparents may find the AJAX Parkridge appealing, we found the overall design and light-pea green pleather combined with white stitching to look like something out of the 50s. It is unclear if the cart comes in alternate colors.

The upside is, however, you are sure to be the talk of the clubhouse.


75 / C

VALUE

The price of the AJAX Parkridge ranges from $0 to whatever your local garage sale commands.

If cost is your only concern, assuming you can find one of these beauties, the Parkridge is a great alternative. Players that value usability and style, however, will likely want to look elsewhere.